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Glad to be done
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I have had so many people tell me I am so young for an ovarian cancer diagnosis... I will be 46 in October.

How old were you when you were diagnosed?

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2timothy1 7
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I was diagnosed at age 43. Yes we are young from what Ive learned most get this at age 50-60. However, there are women diagnosed at much younger ages than us.

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lulu1010
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I think at 57 I am still too young. We are all too young. It is just a nasty disease!

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mom2greatkids
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I will be 50 in August. I was diagnosed last May (48, almost 49).

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Glad to be done
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Yes we are too young..... My parents live in Florida and my mom was telling me about an article she read in their local paper for a fundraiser. The money was being raised to help the family of a girl in 7th grade that was diagnosed with stage iv ovarian cancer. Unbelievable....

davevg
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Tina was 46

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kikz
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the month before I was diagnosed.

Karen

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lovesanimals
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about three weeks before my 50th birthday.

Kelly

dgalaxy
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I was originally diagnosed with borderline ovarian cancer at age 24. Just reoccurred at age 49 as low grade.

wooh_girl
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I was 27 when I was diagnosed and will be 30 next month.

dgalaxy, can I ask how you were followed all these years? My tumor was borderline to low grade at diagnosis, but it had micro-papillary features on the metastatic sites that put me at a higher risk for recurrence later on. Were you treated with chemo initially or just surgery? I'm so scared that I'm going to be blindsided with a recurrence someday.

dgalaxy
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I just had a radical hysterectomy and my ca125 was checked yearly for 2 years. I changed doctors and didn't really realize this could come back. The doctor I had at time of surgery never told me it was cancer - he said it was pre-cancerous and could become cancerous. Surgery was all they did back then for borderline anyway. What I had a problem with wasthat I had wanted to have a family, and I no longer could. At the time I think I needed a more understanding doctor. THe doctor I went to was a great surgeon, but was not a very sympathetic person. He felt the surgery went well, and I should be happy to go on with my life. I, on the other hand, was a basket case. I was thrown into menapause, and was morning for the family I would never have. I couldn't even stand to be around babies for many years. On top of that, within six months of my surgery my thyroid became overactive, which also effects many functions in your body. I got the thyroid under control with medication. And over time, I accepted my situation and got on with life.

I found a doctor who perscribed premarin, and took it for many years, not knowing it could contribute to a reoccurrance. All I knew was it helped me overcome the emotional roller coaster and stopped the hot flashes.

I had one scan done about 10 years later when I was having pelvic pain, but nothing showed. My reoccurance is only in the lymph nodes and the lymph node at my superclavicle area is the one I felt that lead to the discovery of a reoccurance. You have to live your life and not let this bring you down. Just try living healthy, eat well, exercise, Follow up with your doctor's recommendation and listen to your body. It tells you when something is wrong. It's your job to make sure your doctors listen to you. Enjoy the years you have, and remember, none of us, healthy or ill, know how long we have on this earth. This may never return so don't let it get to you. If it does, deal with it then.

dgalaxy
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I was originally diagnosed with borderline ovarian cancer at age 24. Just reoccurred at age 49 as low grade.

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forme
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I feel young. I am 57.
My oncologist says I'm young too.

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AnneBehymer
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I will be 47 on October 28th and I am told all the time I am very young for ovarian cancer also.

Love, Hugs, and Prayers
Anne

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azgrandma
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i had just turned 59 when diagnosed

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vanessamood
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I was diagnosed in January when I was 73.. One of the oldest ones here. The first time I had ever been in the hospital excpt to have my kids. Have always been very healthy.

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Felicia_205
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Im 22 was diagnosed at 19 but my symptoms started when I was 17

ktamp
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I was 33 when diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 31. I have a genetic component though, which is why I got it so early.

Dennis93
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She doesn't have a child yet and will never have. She had just undergone TAHBSO and will have chemo in 2 weeks.

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LoveButterflies
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I was diagnosed 6/11 and I was 46 years old.

Carmen

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AnneBehymer
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Carmen we are the same age when is your birthday.

Anne

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Glad to be done
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Anne we are a year apart... My birthday is on October 20th

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AnneBehymer
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which way am I younger or older

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LoveButterflies
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I'll be 48 on January 6th. How about you?

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AnneBehymer
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we are a year apart I will be 47 on October 28th

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Glad to be done
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I will be 46 on october 20

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AnneBehymer
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we are almost one year apart

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Alexandra
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I was diagnosed with metastatic OC two months ago. It also turned out that I am BRACA1 positive, which explains cancer at relatively early age.
Best of luck to all of you ladies.

wlkdnose
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My sister was dx last year at 29 with OVCA

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Sara2011
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I actually turned 56 a couple of days after my cancer surgery while still in the hospital. I can't believe it's getting close to a year since my surgery in August, 2011.

garden gal
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I was told I have cancer one week after my 62 birthday. Kathy

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kimberly sue 63
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48, it is young to be diagnosed in your forties.

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Susan53
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I am 58 now and I am NED of ovarian, uterine and appendix cancers.

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childofthestars
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I was diagnosed with stage 11C aged 45, i'm also BRCA 1. I was diagnosed with breast CA @ 35!

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khsherwood
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I was 55 when I was diagnosed and I am 58 now. Very typical I guess. I am sorry for all of us who have had to deal with this disease, but most of all I am sorry for and shocked by those women who have had cancer at a very young age. Inside this middle aged body I am really only about 25 ( at least that's what I would like to be). Kelly

VictoriaSF
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i was 44 at the time of diagnozes - ovca,stage 3c,
i am also brca positive
46 now - not inremission ,but cancer under control - not growing, no new spots

Best
Victoria

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Kaleena
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I was 45 years old when I was diagnosed, although I had been seeking advice for problems since I was 44 years old. I wasn't diagnosed until after I had a hysterectomy then had to go back for staging surgery. Diagnosed as Grade 2, Stage iii/a endometrial adenocarcinoma. They found it both in the uterus and left ovary. However, they treated me as ovarian due to the fact that they couldn't determine origination.

I am now 52 years old.

Kathy

Ruffy7
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51 @ dx

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Marnel
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clear cell 1c

Myrav99
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Three weeks before my 60th birthday, I was diagnosed. You never forget the date, time, or where you were, when you hear those fateful words, "YOU HAVE CANCER"! It's like you're standing on the top of an icy cliff with no way of getting down! Mine was 11/15/11, at 6:30pm, in the recovery room following 4 hours of surgery!! Final report:"Metastatic Carcinoma of the ovaries, Stage 3C"

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Glad to be done
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Mine was January 20th at 10:40 AM.... Stage 3C This stage was total shock to doc. She said after surgery all looked great and she thought I dodged a bullet. Turned up microscopicaly on 1 out of 27 lymph nodes she removed. It was the node my right ovary was sitting on... I was 45

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Kaleena
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After a "routine" traditional hysterectomy, I went to my gyne for my one-week follow-up (and to remove a foley because of a knicked bladder during surgery), I recovered well and was feeling great, I went into my appointment and met with an intern because my doctor was on vacation who told me that my surgery went very well except that something came back on the pathology report and she said they found endometrial adenocarcinoma and said that the doctor would call me when he got back in town.

My husband and I left and I said so that means I have cancer?

I then had to have another adominal surgery for staging!

As I indicated, I was 45 at that time.

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zinaida
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I'am 58. 5 years survivor of ovarian cancer stage 2C and breast cancer stage 1. Diagnosed with two not relaited each other cancers in same day, February 14,2007.

Cshoenfelt
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I was 55 ... Yes you are quite young. This sucks, does it not?

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JoWin615
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It looks as though I'm one of the older ones. I'm 69 now. This disease is horrible at any age, but my heart does break for those of you who have just barely begun to live. By no means am I done yet (!), but being retired, and having independent children, does make life with ovca a tad easier, I think.

Cheers,
Jo

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Erixka
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Hi, this is my first post to this forum.
I just realized I had ovarian cancer last month on the 22nd of July. I had surgery on July 26th and I'm waiting to start chemo..

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jbeans888
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I was dx at age 31 on 2/29/11 stage 3c

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